In addition to the large amount of information classteachers have shared with you below (in the ‘Ongoing Home Learning’ opportunities section), here are a few things that you can focus on this week. [This is intended to help you make Home Learning more manageable for the next few weeks; we are also considering other ways we can support you with Home Learning over the whole summer term.]
Focus: Exploring Spring
now that the sun is shining and Spring has sprung, use your daily exercise time outside to explore ‘new life’
plants and animals will be bursting with growth and activity, so be scientific investigators
first use whatever you find outside to do some art (draw, paint, use recyclable materials and whatever you have at home)
then do some research using books, the internet, asking someone on the phone
after that you are ready to record your thinking – make a book, create a poster, write an imaginative story
when you have finished, share your learning with someone (you might want to decide who this will be earlier in the process to have more of a purpose).
Ongoing Home Learning
Good morning to you all, I hope you had a restful weekend and are getting ready for a little learning! I wonder if anyone made some tasty muffins?? This week’s mathletics and reading eggs have now been reset. Well done to everyone who has been keeping up with their practise. I am going to add day 2 of the CLPE Task under day 1. There is also another maths activity attached. Also, in case you were wondering, the answer to the riddle was ………….. a boat! Scroll down to find another riddle to keep you thinking. Enjoy your days and keep checking in for more ideas for learning.
This week the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) has made some resources available for you do at home. Each day there is a different focus. On Monday the focus is Explore it. Read the extract below and have a go at answering some of the questions in the exercise book you may have, or some paper you have at home.
Take 5: Ideas for Independent/Home Learning – Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)
1. Explore it
Read the extract from the book below, thinking about what is happening and the characters you meet:
On my very first day at Waterloo High, I was the tallest person on the lower-school site.
The new uniform Mum had bought at the beginning of the summer didn’t fit any more and they had to send off for an extra-large lower-school blazer. I got a special dispensation to wear my own clothes for the first half-term.
When we went to get my travel pass for the bus to school, the woman in the office wouldn’t believe I was school age so we had to go home and get my birth certificate. And then the next morning, when I showed it to the bus driver, she wouldn’t believe it was mine, and I had to get off the bus and text Mum, and she came down and explained to the driver of the next bus that I was unusually tall for my age.
‘It’s not the height, love,’ said the driver ‘It’s the stubble.’
Mum said, ‘Am I going to have to do this every morning?’
‘Only till we all get used to him.’
In the end, Mum sent off for a passport for me. I kept it in my pocket in case I got questioned again. Dad said, ‘That’ll keep you out of trouble.’
How wrong can a person be, by the way?
Dad also gave me his old mobile phone, so that if he ever lost me again he would be able to find me. His phone’s got DraxWorld on it. In case you don’t know, that’s this cosmic application that shows you your present location, directions to anywhere from anywhere, and also live satellite photographs of anything in the world. You can use it to look at
volcanoes erupting. Tidal waves. Forest fires. Anything. Dad uses it to make sure the traffic is flowing smoothly on the bypass.
That first day at Waterloo High, I was on DraxWorld all the way to school on the 61. I used it to look at theme parks and thrill rides. I found Oblivion in Alton Towers, Space Mountain in Eurodisney, the Terror in Camelot, Thunder Dolphin, Air… all of them. As the bus was crawling along Waterloo Road I typed in Waterloo, wondering if I’d be able to get a satellite view of me on the bus. Instead the screen filled up with ten thousand options. There were Waterloos everywhere. Waterloo Station in London. Waterloo the port in Sierra Leone. Waterloo in Belgium. You could go round the whole world from Waterloo to Waterloo.
I found Waterloos with waterfalls, Waterloos in the jungle, Waterloos in snowy mountains and Waterloos with sandy white beaches. I couldn’t figure out why anyone who wanted to live in a Waterloo would think — yes, Waterloo, but not the one with the big beach, or the limitless white wastes of Siberia; no, the one with the flyover, handy for the New Strand Shopping Centre.
DraxWorld gives you directions to anywhere, so it’s not like it would be hard. If you were a proper grown- up and not just a stubbly boy — if you were my dad, for instance – all you’d have to do is fill your car with petrol, turn left, turn right, go straight on and next thing you know: white beaches, snowy mountains, coral reefs. Truly, grown-upness is wasted on grown- ups.
What is happening in this extract? Who are the central characters? Can you summarise what you’ve read in a couple of sentences? Now, think about how this extract makes you feel and what you like or dislike about it. Does it remind you of anything you know in stories or real life? How? Think about how it is written. Do any parts of the extract really stick in your mind? Which words and phrases do you like best? What do you like about them? Do they look or sound interesting? Do they help you make a picture in your mind?
Think about Liam, the central character whose voice we hear. What do you think you know about him, his start to secondary school, his family situation? What can you tell about his life from the words that you see? What kind of personality do you think he might have? How would you describe him? What clues do you get to the time and place the story might be set? Does it remind you of real life and the present day, or are there things that suggest the way the story might develop?
2. Illustrate it
Re-read the passage, or ask someone to read it to you, or maybe record it for yourself so you can play it over again. After you have read the extract a few times, think about what you can see in your imagination – people, places, objects or events; whatever stood out most to you. Then take a pen or pencil and a bit of scrap paper. You can use the back of an old envelope, letter or cereal packet; whatever is to hand if you don’t have paper. Draw what you see in your imagination; anything that captures the place and the mood of this story opening. It might be interesting to share the passage with a friend or family member and see what they draw, then compare it with what you have drawn: did you draw Liam alone, or with his mum and dad, or on the bus, or maybe you drew the DraxPhone screen? Remember, everyone has their own ideas and imagines things their own way. This is a good thing! Add any words and phrases that have helped you make your picture, which might come from the passage or from your own imagination.
If you would like to brush up on your expertise with addition and subtraction, I have attached a PDF below with lots of different questions and ideas. More to follow..
CLC have been working on projects using Scratch. This one is to create an African Gallery in a museum. Copy and paste the link below.
Time for a riddle
I am always hungry,
I must always be fed,
The finger I touch,
Will soon turn red
If you would like some books to read, we now have a drop in library service at the front of the school. Each day a new box filled with different books is put out. Children and parents then have 1 week to read the book before returning it to school a week later. The day borrowed and returned to school is stated on each box.
We hope that you are settling in to a structure this week at home and have had a look at some of the websites below to support you all with home learning. This week’s Mathletics and Reading Eggs have now been set. In addition to the links below, we also have more which will support ideas for reading at home. Have a look. There is also a link there to story telling videos. We know how lovely it is to be read to as well as it is to read. We hope you try them out. Try to do something different each hour to keep your days full and interesting. Check the updates every week for new ideas.
Below there are links to home learning packs, websites with free educational resources and downloads as well as a variety of ideas to support student’s learning at home. Please ensure students are still completing their Mathletics and Reading Eggspress homework tasks each week. Encourage students to read as much as possible!
https://whiterosemaths.com/ – week commencing 23/3, White Rose will have free packages for use including access to videos and tutorials
https://www.linguascope.com/ – an interactive, language learning platform. Please use the following log in details for students to practice their Spanish or learn a new language
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